History of Washington County, Pennsylvania, Vol. 3
Author: Forrest, Earle R. (Earle Robert)
Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1926
CLEMENT L. McKEE is a native of Pennsylvania and his general interests ever have centered in this state, though his active pastoral service was largely rendered in the neighboring state of Ohio.He was born on the old HENRY McKEE farm in Fayette County, May 15, 1864, a son of FINLEY and ELIZA ANN (HARPER) McKEE, both members of old families in Pennsylvania, and the latter of whom was born in that same county, in 1832, a daughter of DANIEL and MARJORIE (HUSTON) HARPER, both of whom also were born in Fayette county, the latter near Dawson, in Tyrone Township, in 1790, daughter of WILLIAM and MARY (MORRISON) HUSTON, pioneers of that settlement.WILLIAM was a Virginian, born in 1754, a son of CAPTAIN JOSEPH and MARGERY (CUNNINGHAM) HUSTON, the latter of whom had come to this country with her parents from Scotland in the days of her girlhood, the CUNNINGHAMS bringing with them the family Bible, then 150 years old, which is still in possession of the family.CAPTAIN JOSEPH HUSTON was born in 1730.Some time after his marriage he came over into this section of Pennsylvania and established his home on a farm tract in Tyrone Township, Fayette County, where he spent his last days, his death occurring in1800; and it was there that his son, WILLIAM HUSTON, also maintained his home, becoming a well-to-do farmer.He died in 1830, being then 76 years of age.
DANIEL HARPER, DR. McKEE'S maternal grandfather, widely known throughout Fayette County in his generation by reason of his long service as justice of the peace, was born in the neighboring county of Allegheny in 1787, and after his marriage established his home in the Dawson neighborhood, Fayette County, where he became a substantial farmer and landowner.He was one of the leaders in the local Presbyterian church.He died in 1860, being then 73 years of age, and his widow survived him for ten years, her death occurring in 1870, she then being 80 years of age.With reference to the family of CAPTAIN JOSEPH HUSTON, above mentioned, it is recalled that one of his granddaughters, CLARISSA HUSTON, married JAMES COCHRAN, who was the founder of the coke industry at Connellsville, his first oven having been set up there along the river on land belonging to CAPTAIN HUSTON.
The McKEES of this line in America date from the coming to the colonies about the year 1775 of JOHN McKEE, who was born in County Down, Ireland, a member of one of the sterling Scotch-Irish families of that county, in 1757, and who was thus still in his teens when he came over.When the War of the Revolution came on he bore arms in behalf of the cause of the Patriots and when nearly 30 years after that war (pg. 395) had come to an end the second war for American independence came on he got down his old flintlock musket (which is still preserved in the family), and in October, 1812, again became an American soldier.JOHN McKEE married MARY SEABURN and set up his home on a farm tract in Lycoming county, this state.He died at the old Searight tavern on Oct. 20, 1831, while on his way home from a trip to Uniontown, then being 74 years of age.HENRY McKEE, one of the sons of this patriot, was born on the home farm in Lycoming county, May 11, 1798, and became a well-to-do farmer and a leader in his community, a leader in the Presbyterian church and in the councils of the democratic party.HENRY McKEE'S wife, SUSANNA HORNBRAKE, was a member of one of the pioneer families of Fayette county, where she was born.She died in 1857 and he survived her for many years, living to the great age of 92 years, his death occurring in Beallsville, Washington County, in 1891.
FINLEY McKEE, one of the sons of HENRY and SUSANNA (HORNBRAKE) McKEE, was born on a farm in the vicinity of Belle Vernon, in Westmoreland county, July 9, 1828, and grew up to farming.He became engaged in teaching school.After his marriage he established his home on a part of his father's landholdings in the vicinity of Smock, in Fayette county, active in local democratic politics, for years a director of his school district, a leader in the Laurel Hill Presbyterian church.He died on Feb. 23, 1895, being then in 67th year, and his widow, MRS. ELIZA ANN HARPER McKEE, survived him less than 5 years, her death occurring on May 11, 1900, she then being in her 68th year.Of the nine children born to FINLEY and ELIZA ANN (HARPER) McKEE, DR. McKEE was the fifth in order of birth, the others being as follows: The REV. DANIEL H. McKEE, born Aug. 13, 1856, who died in Edgewood, Pa., in 1923; SUSANNA, born May 12, 1858, who is now living in Perryopolis, Fayette county; HENRY, born May 21, 1860, who died on June 14, 1874; DR. JOSEPH McKEE, born Feb. 26, 1862, who died in Carnegie, Pa., in 1917; the REV. WILLIAM F. McKEE, D.D., a clergyman of the Presbyterian communion, born July 29, 1867, who is living in the city of Monongahela; MARGERY H., born March 24, 1869, who became the wife of JAMES P. HAZEN and is now living in Smock; MISS MARY ELIZA McKEE, born March 25, 1872, who is now living in Perryopolis, Pa.; and JOEL STONEROAD McKEE, born Sept. 22, 1875, who is now a federal bank examiner with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.
CLEMENT L. McKEE was reared on the home farm and at the age of 19 years began teaching school.He had a course in the normal school at California and then entered Washington and Jefferson College, from which he graduated in 1889, his studies there having been pursued (pg. 396) with a view to entering the gospel ministry.Thus equipped by preparatory study, he entered the Western Theological Seminary at Pittsburgh and following his graduation there in 1892 had postgraduate work in political and social science under the late President Scovel of Wooster University.In May, 1892, following his graduation from the theological seminary, DR. McKEE was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian church and was installed as pastor of the Madison church in the presbytery of Steubenville (Ohio), and in 1895 represented that presbytery as a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church.In June, 1896, DR. McKEE organized the Second Presbyterian church in Wellsville, Columbiana County, Ohio, and for 8 years thereafter continued as pastor of that congregation, resigning in the spring of 1904 in order to engage in the special social service work with which he ever since has been connected and which, as noted above, has culminated in his present and long established connection with the Institute of Practical Arts (for immigrants and their children) at Old Concord, in this county, his home being maintained at No. 147 LeMoyne Avenue, Washington, where he and his family are very pleasantly situated.It was in the spring of 1904, when, as a delegate, he attended the world's Sunday school convention, held that year in the city of Jerusalem, that DR. McKEE'S became definitely committed to his present social service program.While abroad he made a comprehensive tour of the Bible lands as well as the modern states of the Mediterranean country in Europe and since then has been devoting his life to service in connection with the mitigation f some of the faults arising out of our former immigration policy and in Americanization work generally, during this time having come to be recognized as one of the authorities along the lines of the difficult problems thus presented, as has been set out above.
On Dec. 24, 1891, in Fayette county, this state, while a student in the theological seminary, CLEMENT L. McKEE was united in marriage to MISS FRANCES R. JUNK, a member of one of the pioneer families of that county, and they have two children: A daughter, RUTH; a son, JAMES FRANCIS McKEE, who was born Jan. 30, 1898, completed his schooling in the Mercersburg Academy and in the Culver Military Academy at Culver (Lake Maxinkuckee), Indiana, and is now engaged in commercial activities as a salesman.RUTH McKEE was born Nov. 14, 1893.Following her graduation from Washington Seminary in 1912 she took a course in Wilson College at Chambersburg, specializing in music, and became a proficient musician.On Sept. 23, 1919, she was married to WILLIAM B. McFALL, who is now practicing law in Pittsburgh, and they have a daughter, MARTHA FRANCES McFALL, born Nov. 3, 1921.
DR. and MRS. McKEE are members of the First Presbyterian church in Washington.MRS. McKEE is a member of the Current Events Club.The Doctor has for years been one of the active members of the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and has served that patriotic body as its secretary.MRS. McKEE was born in (pg. 397) Fayette county, Nov. 25, 1869, a daughter of JAMES and LOUISA (WELLS) JUNK, both of whom also were born in that county, the latter a daughter of JAMES RANDOLPH and ANNA (SHAW) WELLS, the former of influential pioneers of the Brownsville neighborhood.JAMES RANDOLPH WELLS, who died in the spring of 1877, was for many years an elder of the Red Stone church.JAMES JUNK was born in Laurel Hill, Fayette county, April 16, 1841, a son of SAMUEL P. and SARAH (CONN) JUNK, and became a substantial farmer, making his home on the farm until his retirement and removal to Washington, where he died on Nov. 1, 1902, then being 61 years of age.His widow survived him for more than 10 years, her death occurring on Aug. 18, 1913, she then being 73 years of age.She was born May 15, 1840.MRS. McKEE'S schooling was completed in Westminister College, at New Wilmington, this state.